Kids' Cuisine restaurant review: Mendoberri in Mendota Heights caters to families and also couples St. Paul Pioneer Press
"The wife was at book club, and I had two kids to feed. I decided to head to Mendota Heights and a restaurant called Mendoberri. We heard it was family friendly and focused on locally sourced food for kids and adults. "
"If you would have told Natalie Jaeger’s mom years ago that her daughter would one day own a very successful business in the food
industry, she probably would have laughed. Not that she doubted her daughter’s ability to accomplish great things, but to see her do that in an arena that involved cooking, well, she probably never would have imagined it.
"Mendota Heights is the lucky recipient of Mendoberri Cafe & Wine Bar, where chef/co-owner Robert Ulrich caters to his surroundings."
"When I was growing up in Burnsville during the 1970s, my family's dining-out options were pretty much limited to McDonald's, Perkins and, if the folks were splurging, Mr. Steak."
"Fast-forward 30-plus years, and restaurant choices in the southern suburbs have exponentially expanded. Unfortunately, most continue to remain in the corporate chain vein."
"That's why Mendoberri Cafe & Wine Bar in Mendota Heights stands out, in the very best way. Unlike the Brand X school of suburban chain dining, there's an actual chef/co-owner on site — Robert Ulrich — and he's producing appealing food that caters to the surrounding area. In many Minneapolis and St. Paul neighborhoods, this notion wouldn't raise an eyelash among residents of Yelp Nation. But in Dakota County, it's borderline revolutionary. If I lived and/or worked nearby, I'd be constantly dropping in for takeout, a meal, a drink — or all of the above.
Holiday Lighting Event plus World's First Color Changing Clocks Unveiled.
The Village at Mendota Heights
Mendota Heights, MN
Dec. 6th, 2008
3 – 8 pm
For immediate release:
On December 6th, 2008, the four-time award winning Village at Mendota Heights invites the public to the unveiling of another original: the world's first color changing 67" clocks! The third annual "Mendota Lights" celebration, held this year from 3-8pm will include merchant open houses, hay rides, face painting, Dickens Carolers, Visitation Choir, dignitaries, holiday tree lighting, and of course Santa Claus.
This year's event will also proudly feature the unveiling of the world's first color changing clocks on the just completed 750 Main Street's iconic tower. The four 67" glass clocks were locally designed, then custom built by the 80 year old Electric Time Company in Medfield, Mass. The four clocks, facing north, south, east and west can not only change colors and keep perfect time they will also chime four times daily and on special occasions.
The Village's developer, Ross Fefercorn, summed up the clock tower design this way; "The elegant and inspired tower design with its 21st Century clock technology and LED lighting system can be programmed with light shows that may be second only to Mother Nature's own Northern Lights. The Village's iconic clock tower with its feature light shows (imagine an orange glowing clock on Halloween or a red Valentine's clock) will establish a memorable tradition at the Village for generations to come."
"Mendota Lights" 2008 is held out-of-doors but Village establishments and restaurants will be offering food and treats; hot drinks at Caribou, cheese tasting at E's Cheese, Cold Stone ice cream, pizza at Tommy Chicago's Pizzeria, specialties at Sage Wine Bar and hotdogs plus deli treats at Sage Market to name a few.
May 7, 2008
The Village at Mendota Heights Won Top Project Award From Finance and Commerce
Final Village at Mendota Heights phase under way New commercial building will feature big clock tower
The Village at Mendota Heights, a mixed-use "new urbanist" project in northern Dakota County, is heading into the homestretch of its construction phase. Ground has been broken for its third and final commercial element, a 47,000 square foot building that will complete the environment for its central pedestrian square.
The new building will likely be anchored by a Snyder's pharmacy and will feature a striking architectural element - a four-sided clock tower capable of changing colors with the seasons and events, overlooking the development'sMarket Square. The feature was designed by Elness Swenson Graham Architects (ESG) and will give the main square a unique identity, according to Ross Fefercorn, a partner with developer Mendota Town Center LLC.
"It's a signature building that complements the rest of the development," he said. "It's not historical in terms of its design, but it's creating history. It is a building that will be memorable for many generations. The clock tower - we really spent a lot of time on that. It's a community feature, it isn't just a haphazard thing."
Fefercorn said he, ESG and a team of lighting designers put considerable effort into "making sure (the clock tower) is memorable. I think that in future generations, little kids will grow up in Mendota Heights and remember the clock tower that can change colors, will remember seeing it and it will be one of those icons that holds your attention and into adulthood."
The new commercial building will be on the south side of the square, joining existing ones on the east and west sides for a total of 98,000 square feet. The first-phase buildings are 90 percent occupied by several small businesses, including the Sage Market and Wine Bar, Cold Stone Creamery, a Caribou Coffee outlet, the Wine Market by Kowalski and other storefronts. A smaller second-phase building off the square is 60 percent leased.
Fefercorn says discussions are under way with several restaurants to take space in the new clock tower building. He also maintains Village at MendotaHeights' considerable residential elements, mostly condominiums and townhomes, are continuing to sell despite the housing market slowdown. Plans call for 135 new housing units, including 39 row townhomes, 36 loft condominiums and 60 units of affordable senior housing.
The clock tower building will also include 200 underground parking spaces and is set to open early next year.
North Urban Regional Trail The North Urban Regional Trail (NURT) is a paved bicycle and pedestrian trail that connects Lilydale, Mendota Heights, West St. Paul and South Saint Pau. Phase II is near completion this month and it extends through The Village at Mendota Heights.
August 14, 2007
Ground Breaking Ceremony
Ground breaking ceremony to be held for 750 Main Street - The final commercial phase of development at the village. Press Release
Eyes of Mendota Eyes of Mendota to open new eye glass store at 740 Main Street
Dental Office planned for 720 Main Street
June 1, 2007
Design finished for final phase of commercial development - construction to begin soon.